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Puppy Cloning Joyce McKinney Wanted in Tennessee

by Gopalan on August 15, 2008 at 5:36 PM
 Puppy Cloning Joyce McKinney Wanted in Tennessee

Apparently the controversial puppy cloning woman cannot get away with it all that easily. Tennessee police say they are still looking for her in connection with a planned burglary back in 2004.

Interestingly that too stemmed from her love for animals. She needed money to buy a false leg for her horse and so she had she instructed a 15-year-old boy to break into a house.


Joyce Bernann McKinney was charged in 2004 in Carter County with criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and failure to appear in court, said attorney David Crockett, who represented her in the Tennessee case.

McKinney was arrested in in a van with the 15-year-old, according to a Carter County Sheriff's Department arrest report.

McKinney, then living in neighbouring North Carolina, needed money to help her three-legged horse, Crockett said.

"She loved it dearly," Crockett said.

"She was a rather bizarre character, and seems to have a strange circumstance now."

He recalled that McKinney had two or three dogs in her car when she conferred with him about her case.

"There was a strong aroma about her, and I told her this needed to be taken care of before I went to court with her," Crockett said.

Crockett said Thursday he hadn't heard from her since she skipped a court date back in early 2005, but after seeing television coverage of the cloning case, he was certain she was the same person known to the world as dog lover Bernann McKinney.

Prosecutors are reviewing charges against the 58-year-old McKinney to decide whether to pursue the case, said Melanie Widener, a county assistant district attorney.

"It'll depend on where she is now, how important the case is, how much it would cost the taxpayers and whether witnesses are still around," she said.

McKinney declined comment when she was reached by phone. It was not clear where McKinney was located either, AP reports.

The 57-year-old woman had made headlines a few days ago when had five puppies cloned in South Korea from her beloved pit bull Booger.

Later it turned out that it was she who was involved in the sensational abduction of a Mormon monk in England back in 1977 and making a sex slave of him. She jumped bail and authorities lost track of her at some stage.

She was arrested again in Utah in May 1984 for allegedly stalking the workplace of the same Mormon man she was accused of imprisoning in England. News reports say that police found a length of rope and handcuffs in the trunk of McKinney's car, along with notebooks detailing the man's daily activities.

Set to stand trial for lying to police and harassment in 1986, McKinney again disappeared just before proceedings, and the case was dismissed.

London police also said they were not interested in her anymore.

But perhaps third time not lucky? One has to wait and see.

Source: Medindia
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